College Advice For The Incoming Freshman

College Advice For The Incoming Freshman

20 tips to make your freshman year the best. year. ever.
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The time has finally arrived. You are finally going to be college freshman! While this time in your life can be exciting, it also can be very, very scary. However, have no fear, because I have compiled a list of freshman advice for you to have a great and (somewhat) stress free freshman year! You can thank me later.

1. Get a comfy pair of shoes.

You're going to be walking everywhere.

2. Carry an umbrella.

I can't tell you how many times I got caught in a downpour and was thankful that I thought to put an umbrella in my backpack.

3. Don't go to Chick-fil-a the first week of classes.

Or the first 3 weeks of class, actually. The line is going to wrap all the way around the student union (not literally, but it's REALLY LONG) and it's not worth waiting in line THAT long. Unless you have all day to spare.

4. Wear a watch.

Yes you have a phone, but what if it dies? You'll need to keep track of time with something else. Plus, you look kind of sporty when you wear one, so you can trick people into thinking you're active!

5. Carry a phone charger.

Again, what if your phone dies and you can't snap that cute boy in your history class back?

6. Make friends in your classes.

I cannot stress this enough. This is super important. Make friends with the people that sit close to you in class. Get their numbers, so if you have to miss class for whatever reason, you can ask them for the notes or if they'll write your name down so you don't miss any attendance points.

7. Try to not skip class.

I know it may be tempting to skip, but GO TO CLASS. You'll make it easier on yourself whenever it comes time to study for your final because you'll actually know what is going on.

8. Study, study, study.

This isn't high school, people. You actually need to study for your finals. Find what study strategies work best for you, grab your coffee, and get your studying done.

9. Get involved.

There are a ton of clubs and organizations that you can get involved with on campus. Not into going to meetings every week? That's fine, there are also events that are always going on at campus that you can attend! This is also a great way to meet new people.

10. Don't get TOO involved.

However, don't get too involved that you have no time for homework or free time for yourself. Trust me when I say that "relax time" is much needed in college. If you start to schedule too much stuff in your day, it'll leave you feeling stressed. Get involved, but leave time for yourself, as well.

11. Get a job.

I promise, getting a job or a part-time job is possible in college. Try applying somewhere on campus, or even your favorite place to shop. You'll have spending money and won't have to beg your parents for money every week!

12. Make your dorm feel as "homey" as possible.

Your dorm room is going to be your home for the next year. Make it feel comfortable and home-like as much as possible. You want a place you can come home to after class and relax!

13. Beware of Pastor Bob.

You probably don't know who this is yet, but I promise you will. If you see a guy standing on Library Lawn in a bright yellow shirt, yelling at a crowd of people, you'll know it's a Pastor Bob day. Pastor Bob travels to different campuses, trying to upset students so they will hopefully cause a scene and then he can sue the campus for money. Best thing to do? Watch from a distance, and if he says anything to upset you, bite your tongue and walk away.

14. Get out of your comfort zone.

College is the time when you find out who you really are, what your likes and dislikes are, and who you are going to be. Embrace it!

15. Volunteer.

Volunteering can be fun and a great way to get rid of stress. There are a ton of places and ways you can volunteer, such as the Humane Society. What better way to spend an hour than playing with cute dogs?

16. Find your classes the day before the first day of classes.

Make it easier on yourself and don't try to hunt down your classes an hour before you need to be there. This will prevent you from being late on the first day, as well.

17. Try to show up to class early.

Try getting to class at least 15 minutes early. This way, you can find a seat easily and get your stuff ready for your class.

18. Find a study spot.

Find a spot that you love to go to and can study without any distractions. Whether this be a coffee shop, a local park, or your desk in your dorm, a comfortable study spot makes studying a lot easier.

19. Don't take the stairs at Morrill.

There's a saying at OSU that if you walk up the stairs at Morrill, you won't graduate in 4 years. I don't know if this is exactly true, however, I'm not trying to chance it.

20. Find your home away from home.

Lastly, and most important, is find your home at your campus. You chose this college for a reason, so make the most of your 4 years, get your degree, and remember to have fun, always.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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A Few Birthday Thoughts

Goodbye teenage years, hello twenties!

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So, it is looking like I am about to leave my teenage years behind. I think that I want to reflect back on this time in my life and think about what I want to keep with me in my twenties and maybe some things I can let go. My teenage years have been full of love from my family and friends; hard work to make good grades in school and creating art. I developed several great friendships that I have held on to across the miles even though I went to college 14 hours away from our previous home. I am so thankful for the friendships I have made in college as well.

It seems like friends you make in your childhood and younger years can really stand the test of time. Maybe it is because when you became friends you were truly who you were. Everyone was genuine and didn't put up walls to protect themselves. You got to know someone on a deeper more personal level more quickly than if you had met later in life. I also think we laughed even more as children and that always creates good memories to look back on. So I think in my twenties I will try to hang on to the "childish" way of making friends. I will try to show my true self and will accept them for who they are, and we will laugh....a lot.

I think a good thing to let go of is always trying to make dead-end relationships work. When we were children on the playground and we tried to play a game together or jump rope and it just wasn't working, we would run off and find someone else. It was easy. It was just natural. Now sometimes I find myself trying to stay in a relationship by being overly nice, giving gifts, trying to find what pushes the persons "good" buttons. I might spend so much time trying to figure this person out that I leave out more solid relationships that are worth my time. So in my twenties, I will try to be more realistic about who to spend my time on. Some people are just never going to stand the test of time. I can continue to be cordial but won't let them rule my time and thought life.

As children, we loved our parents and siblings and would show love to them in a myriad of ways. Maybe it was hugs, pictures on the fridge, good night kisses, playing games, or just quality time spent together as a family. Starting my twenties, I am mature enough to realize the value of these people in my life. Thankfully, I have always known this. I was never the type that was embarrassed if someone saw me walking with my Mom or Dad or being dropped off in the Mom Van somewhere. I always knew these people loved me more than anyone else I was about to meet. But in my twenties, I plan to keep up with my family even when I am eight hours away from them. We are never too old to need the love of family.

As weird as it is to say goodbye to my teenage years, it's honestly helped me to soak in the precious moments of everyday life and treasure them even more. Every year when birthdays come around, it always serves as a reminder how quickly the days, months, and years fly by. I think that has been one difficult part of this birthday season. It's hard to say goodbye to the past, without a clear map of the future. But, I must remind myself that this is why growing up is a beautiful thing- as we live life and experience new things, we are better prepared for what the future may hold. Everything that I have experienced in my 20 years has served an important purpose- to make me into the person I am supposed to become. Yes, life is always changing and so am I... and change can be hard. Very hard. But one thing to remember is God is always constant. He will never change. No matter what number is on your birthday cake, He is always there...the same God yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the Rock that we will always be able to cling to. Isn't that a wonderful thought? Even if we don't know what's in His plans for us in the coming year, it's important to make Him a part of our plans. Rather than worry about change, let's embrace it all- the good and the bad- and look to the Lord to see how He will guide and shape us.

Teenage years- the time has come. I must say goodbye to you now. But, you will never be forgotten. I will hold your memories in my heart forever. Twenties- I am excited for all that awaits me.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

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